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Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Sounds like fishing action in desert regions is picking up thanks to stable weather — especially for largemouth bass. We have a full moon to possibly trigger some early spawning activity at western lakes such as Alamo, Havasu and Martinez.

Already there have been reports of small populations of bass moving in shallow at lakes such as Canyon and Saguaro (most bass remain deep and water temperatures at most desert lakes are in the low-to-mid 50s). Crankbaits and spinnerbaits have been the most widely reported successful baits.

Moderate rain is predicted to fall in central Arizona on Sunday, so plan accordingly.

A couple of trout stockings remain for Community waters before catfish return in late March.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27 — Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake, all “core” waters except Rio Vista, as well as Patterson Ponds, and Green Valley lakes. Tuesday, Jan. 24 — Pena Blanca Lake, Council Ave. Pond, Yuma West Wetlands Pond. Monday, Jan. 23 — Lower Salt River, Verde River (middle).

Next week: We’re scheduled to stock the Verde River (Clarkdale to Camp Verde), the lower Salt River, Parker Canyon Lake, Patagonia Lake, Hidden Shores (Imperial Dam), Parker (La Paz), Somerton (Council Park) Pond, Yuma West Wetlands.

Full  schedules

Catch of the Week

(Send your Angler Reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov – one will be featured as Catch of the Week)

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Ray B. caught this largemouth bass from Saguaro Lake in 3-5 feet of water on a brown-and-yellow crankbait around noon from the reeds. He said it weighed 5.51 pounds.

“BIG THANKS to the recent fishing articles in Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine,” He said. “Great tips lead to an amazing catch. AZ winter bass fishing at its best.”

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Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday, Feb. 11 — Take a Kid Fishing Day, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., La Paz County Park (7350 Riverside Dr., Parker).

See the full schedule

Nets and waders: Working for you

This new section will periodically show what our fisheries biologists have been doing in the field to improve fishing in Arizona.

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Aquatic reef ball habitat that was being built Friday, Feb. 3 outside the AZGFD Mesa office. GEORGE ANDREJKO/AZGFD

These habitat reef balls are planned to be deployed into Roosevelt Lake this spring. Habitat serves as excellent structure/shelter for sport-fish species such as bass, crappie and bluegill for anglers to target.

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one that includes a photo will be featured as Catch of the Week

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (click on the water for directions):

Verde River (at Camp Verde)

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Troy G.: Winter bass fishing is good in the Verde River in Camp Verde this week. Starting to clear up a bit since all the rain a while back. Got this one on a chartreuse/blue crankbait.

Saguaro Lake

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Ray B.:  Caught this one on a 3-5 foot brown and yellow crankbait around noon from the reeds at Saguaro Lake. She was 5.51 pounds.

Water conditions couldn’t be better. BIG THANKS to the recent fishing articles in Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine. Great tips lead to an amazing catch. AZ winter bass fishing at it’s best.

Lower Salt River (below Saguaro)

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Justin M. fly-fished the Lower Salt River on Friday. The river is scheduled to be stocked with trout next week and was flowing at 13 cfs below Saguaro Mountain Dam on Tuesday.

Try the Phon D. Sutton, Water Users or Granite Reef Recreation Areas.

Justin M. said, “I have been fishing the Salt River the past six weeks or so on every Friday. Most of the time I’m fishing at Water Users and have had success every outing. All I do is fly fish anymore and have caught quite a few bass and lots of bluegill

For the bass, my most productive flies have been AZ simi seal leeches in canadian black, halloween, blood red and olive. Another productive fly pattern has been cheechs low fat minnow. Its a bluegill imitation.

For the bluegill, on warmer days I’ve done fairly well getting them on the surface with a beetle imitation. Other productive flies i’ve had great success with is a hares ear soft hackle pattern I tied up. The only time I tried for trout was a couple of weeks ago when it was raining and cooler.

Fished below the bridge using the hares ear soft hackle and caught and released 14 trout in a matter of a couple of hours. I have talked to other anglers on my outings and have been told that they were having luck with nightcrawlers, small spinners, and one fella was doing well for bass on dropshot with a green Roboworm.”

Canyon Lake

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Brian S.: Temps are warming up and in a few areas the bass are moving up, however most are still caught deep. This beauty was caught in 35 feet with a hinged spinnerbait with a zoom fluke trailer.

Utilizing sonar electronics is critical for deep water fishing. Find them, mark a way point and slowly work your baits into the strike zone. Pay attention to your sonar through the entire process because once you entice one to bite, have your angling buddy be ready with a flutter spoon or Kastmaster as you may find you just ignited a school of them. Hopefully your angling buddy is ready with the net as well.

 

Gila River

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Ramon: This was on a Saturday night, Feb. 4, around 9 p.m. at Gila River on right side of bridge! Used chicken lever and caught a channel catfish at 18 pounds and 31 inches!

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

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Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (click on the water for directions):

Desert Breeze Lake

img_0187Dave P.: This Incentive trout was caught at Desert Breeze Park. It started to rain and when this double rainbow appeared in the sky.

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Shortly after, this rainbow trout hit the line like a ton of bricks.

My son Bryce Marco Permuy had a blast landing the fish. Tight lines is always the answer!

Tempe Kiwanis Lake

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  • Craig S.:  I’d been going to Kiwanis Lake to fish for the last stocking for a change of scenery and for its ease of getting around as I have a spinal injury.

    My third trip (Jan. 18) I fished for about 6 hours in different spots/seats etc. to try and stay comfortable throughout the day. I’d seen 12 3-ish pounders already taken and who knows how many others I didn’t. I was about to rap up yesterday (Jan. 17) around 4 o’clock and just as I picked up the rod I got the hit! At first, I thought I had hooked a cat. It was pulling good and stayed down.

    There was an easy 25-plus yards of line out. My poles all have 6-pound line with slider weights and small treble with PowerBait (salmon eggs) on one and the other had a crawler with a tiny white PowerBait ball to look like mouse tail. After about 10 minutes I got to see it and “Wow.” I felt so good and reinvigorated after landing it as this is the biggest trout I’ve ever had.

    I have a Berkeley scale and it was 3.4 pounds on it. Caught Jan. 18 around 4:40 p.m. Best I’ve felt in a few weeks and today I’m still feeling better than average.

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  • Damien B.  Caught Friday, Jan. 15, a big rainbow caught at Kiwanis Park. Caught on a gold Kastmaster.

 

Rio Vista Pond (Peoria)

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Rick S.: His biggest trout to date.  Caught using a spinner.

 

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one that includes a photo will be featured as Catch of the Week

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers:

Verde River

The Verde River is a lesser-known spot that has some of the best winter fishing in Arizona.
The Verde River is a lesser-known spot that has some of the best winter fishing in Arizona.

Steve G. of Flagstaff with a Sonoran sucker (23 inches, pictured) and a roundtail chub (18 inches).

 

Becker Lake

James B.: Went fishing last weekend at Becker. The latest (in the year) I have ever fished. There was skim ice Friday and Saturday and not fishable, but Sunday afternoon the wind and sun pushed the ice off . My buddy and I caught several in the 18-inch range and one of more than 22 inches. Using red San Juan worms and large simi seal leeches in several colors. Bald eagle was out fishing, too!

Big Lake

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Mike R.: Wednesday, Dec. 14, cutthroat trout using nightcrawlers from shore.

Editor’s note: As of Monday, Big Lake was completely iced-over. This time of year, certain lakes in the high country might have certain degrees of ice cover on any given day. 

 

Red Mountain Lake

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Jim E.: This is the first keeper largemouth I ever caught at Red Mt. after about 15 years.  I had hooked a shad and ended up using it as bait and caught it. It was a nice experience for me because it was my birthday  — Monday, Dec. 12.  Not sure of the weight but someone that is familiar with bass might give an estimate from the picture. Happy Holidays.

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

It’s winter trout and crappie time.

Crappie anglers: the Topock Marsh (close to Needles along the Colorado River) can provide some nice crappie fishing as well. This is also a superb place to see migrating waterfowl (maybe take along a shotgun or camera, or both).

See last week’s report for more crappie tips.

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This is Rob’s holdover rainbow trout from Watson Lake that was 22 inches in length, and weighed 4 pounds, and 2 ounces using cheese PowerBait.  Rob usually prefers using the Super Duper Spoons but said the PowerBait has worked better lately.

More trout-lights: Fishing for trout in Community waters can be some of the best fishing in the state.  Our “core” waters are scheduled to be stocked next week.

Winter bassin’ in AZ

Bass are scattered in many desert lakes. Wintertime bass fishing can mean fishing is hot one day, slow the next. Cover a lot of water and try numerous presentations.

On calm nights, night fishing for stripers can be productive at places like Pleasant and Havasu.

Finally – see our top 5 fishing waters for this winter.

Stocking report

This week we are scheduled to stock the Deadhorse Lakes, Apache Lake, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Roper Lake, Fortuna Pond and Redondo Pond.  Check all the stocking schedules.

These are confirmed stockings from last week:

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Dec. 1 — Watson Lake; Community waters: Alvord Lake, Desert West Lake, Pioneer Lake,  Surprise Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Cortez Lake, Encanto Lake, Steele Indian School Pond, Papago Ponds (1, 2 & 3), Evelyn Hallman Pond, Freestone Pond, Red Mountain Lake, Green Valley Lakes, Chaparral Lake, Riverview Lake, Tempe Kiwanis Lake, Desert Breeze Lake, Veterans Oasis Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Lakeside Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Kennedy Lake, Silverbell Lake,

Wednesday, Nov. 30 — Goldwater Lake, Luna Lake.

See the full schedule.

 

High country ice-cover reports

See the White Mountains section in the full report for the ice conditions. Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes are fishable and have thawed a bit this week – go get a tiger trout state record. See our Catch of the Week below –- it’s the latest hook-and-line state record tiger trout caught Dec. 4 at Willow Springs Lake.

Flagstaff-area lakes Upper Lake Mary, Kinnikinick, Ashurst, Frances Short, Dogtown, Cataract, City, Santa Fe, Whitehorse) are partially frozen and not really fishable. Get ready for spring when trout lakes law because fishing could be epic – especially at Dogtown and Kinnikinick.

Be sure to check the Arizona Department of Transportation website for the latest road closures.

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Catch of the Week

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Larry Johnson caught this 12-inch hook-and-line state record on Dec. 4 from Willow Springs Lake.

See previous week’s Angler Reports

 

Upcoming free fishing events

Free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.

Saturday —  Third annual Brian Pinney Memorial Family Fishing Event, 8 a.m. – noon, Hirsch Conservation Education Area (Biscuit Tank) on the east side of the at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Get started in the heritage-rich sport of fishing.

For those who bring their own gear, this event is catch-and-release only  single, barbless hooks only.

See the full schedule.

 

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one that includes a photo will be featured as Catch of the Week

 

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers:

Lake Pleasant

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Jim N.: Got a 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, and a 30-pound flathead catfish. Some are brown/yellow living in sunken brush, some are green/black living in rocks or mud. Got eight channels on corn or shad, eight top-water stripers on Zara puppy, one white bass, 2 largemouth bass on poppers.

Bear Canyon Lake

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Damien B.: The luck keeps hitting (rainbow trout caught Nov. 20), and coming in waves on PowerBait!

Patagonia Lake

Ty S.: Time: 8 am -3 pm; Conditions: Overcast with 10-15 mph gusts.; Temp.: Air – 63, Water – 58; 15-foot Seaswirl boat.

My wife and I fished for Bass for about 7 hrs — 0 fish caught. We used KVD deep (15 foot) crankbaits as well as shallow 3-5-foot bluegill and chartreuse pattern. Used two different whopper plopper 90 size. Carolina rigged 6-inch worms also. Weather front was moving in our fish finder showed fish between 10-15 ft. We focused on bass only. Boat launch was great.

Lake Mead

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Joe B.:  Caught this walleye in Lake Mead near mile marker 43 on Nov. 23. I have been fishing Lake Mead for 30-plus years and have never seen or heard of one being caught.

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

This might be the last weekend to fish high country hideaways such as Big Lake before skim ice — or unsafe ice — begins to form. The Big Lake Store is officially closed for winter.

Meanwhile, late fall/winter fishing is just beginning in the desert regions.

But first, great news — today through Sunday we’re offering a 50-percent discount on short-term (one-day) combination fishing/hunting licenses purchased online. That means only $7.50 per day for Arizona residents and $10 per day for non-residents.

Bring the kids along — youth licenses (required for ages 10-17) are only $5 and are valid for a year.

Buy a license, and help conserve wildlife for future generations.

OK, back to the report. Trout are back in Community waters! See when and where they’re being stocked. On Tuesday afternoon we stocked 665 pounds of trout into Tempe Town Lake. Watch video of this stocking (from under the pipe).

The next new moon is Nov. 29, which means using submersible lights at night to attract fish such as striped bass and crappie will become increasingly more effective.

 

Catch of the Week

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Charles S. caught this giant Saguaro Lake largemouth bass on a Zoom Trick worm in shallow water.

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Upcoming free fishing events

Free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.

Saturday, Dec. 3 — Town of Gilbert’s Youth Fishing Day, 8 a.m. — noon, Freestone Pond (1045 E. Juniper Ave., Gilbert). Sponsored by AZGFD and town of Gilbert. Loaner rods provided to first 100 participants. Bait and fishing information available.  Contact Jennifer Lauria, Gilbert Parks & Rec., 480-503-6234 or the AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240.

See the full schedule.

Stocking report

These are confirmed stockings from last week. See the stocking schedules.

Rainbow trout
Friday, Nov. 18 —
Community waters: Desert Breeze, Veterans Oasis, Copper Sky, Red Mountain, Riverview, Rio VIsta, Alvord, Cortez, Desert West, Encanto, Papago Ponds, Steele Indian School, Chaparral, Surprise, Evelyn Hallman, Tempe Kiwanis, Kennedy, Lakeside, Silverbell, Sahuarita, Water Ranch Lake. ** Pioneer Lake and Green Valley lakes did not get stocked due to water quality issues (both are expected to be stocked the week of Nov. 28).

See the full schedule.

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Some record-breaking high temperatures, and unstable weather patterns, struck the state during October. In some ways they seemed halt the fall bite. This week’s brief cool-off, followed by a few days of warm, stable weather, could help the bass bite pick up in the central region.

So sounds like the best bet overall this weekend for some peak fishing action could in the high country.

Fishing is still hot at places such as Kinnikinick Lake southeast of Flagstaff.  See one effective way to fish Kinnikinick.

The bite should be on at Big Lake right now. No telling when snow will fly and this great fishery will be inaccessible until spring. Go while you can.

Other good reports have come from clear-water spots on the Verde River near Cottonwood (on flies), Fossil Creek for roundtail chub, and at Oak Creek, where stockings continue for a couple more weeks.  Try crick hoppers, small inline spinners, worm, salmon eggs, or small Panther Martins on 2-4-pound test.

See an article on how fishing has picked up on the Verde River.

This video about how to catch and clean fall trout also might help.

A couple more tips for this week: striper fishing remains excellent at Lake Pleasant (Zara Super Spooks have been successful) and at Lake Mohave (swimbaits were picking up some lunker striper).

Trout have been stocked at Canyon, Apache and Saguaro lakes (throw big trout swimbaits for big bass), and, for the first time this fall/winter, at Patagonia Lake.

Finally, see last week’s report on other hot spots to hit.

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Catch of the Week

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Four-year-old Dallon S. with his first tiger trout caught last weekend on a Rebel maroon-colored crankbait at Woods Canyon Lake.

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Upcoming free fishing events

Free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.

Saturday — Chandler Safety Days, 8 a.m. – noon, Veterans Oasis Park (4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.)

Read the full schedule.

Stocking report

These are confirmed stockings from last week. See the stocking schedules.

Channel catfish
Wednesday, Oct. 19 — Surprise Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Pioneer Lake, Cortez Lake, Steele Indian School, Encanto Lake, Desert West Lake, Papago ponds, Desert Breeze Lake, Tempe Kiwanis Lake, Chaparral Lake, Water Ranch Lake, Red Mountain Lake, Riverview Lake, Tempe Town Lake, Lakeside Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Kennedy Lake, Silverbell Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Veterans Oasis Lake, Green Valley Lake #3.


Rainbow trout

Tuesday, Oct. 25 — Parker Canyon Lake. Monday, Oct. 24 — Goldwater Lake, Oak Creek, Frances Short Pond, Lynx Lake. Friday, Oct. 21 — Salt River, Tonto Creek. Thursday, Oct. 20 — Apache Lake,  Lynx Lake. Wednesday, Oct. 19 — Colorado River (Davis Dam), Salt River, Green Valley Lake #3. Tuesday, Oct. 18 — Saguaro Lake  Canyon Lake, Mingus Lake.

See the full schedule.

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Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

With falling water temperatures, a new moon weekend and fish stockings galore, there’s lots of options for a fall-time fishing adventure. Let’s get right to it:

  • Lake Powell. Water temperature is in the mid 60s, which means that all fish species can basically move wherever they want. See a full report.
  • Crappie and flathead catfish at Roosevelt. Word is that this may be the best crappie fishing we’ve had at 5 years at Rosy. Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods recommends crappie schools in about 20 feet depths using a vertical fishing technique with small, curly-tail baits. Some anglers also are saying the flathead fishing at Roosevelt has been the best in the area.
  • Tiger trout at Woods Canyon Lake.  Read more. Our electrofishing surveys showed high populations of tiger trout in shallow water.
  • Striper fishing at Pleasant, Mead, Mohave or the lower Colorado River. A new moon weekend means using submersible lights at night will be effective at attracting the plankton-baitfish-predatory fish chain.

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    A 20-plus pound striper taken recently from the lower Colorado River.
  • Lake Havasu. There are reports that the water is clearing and top-water action is picking up.
  • Willow Springs Lake.  Fishing’s been on fire even though the lake was stocked with rainbow trout last month for the final time this fall/winter. Trout can be found at all depths.
  • Kinnikinick Lake and Dogtown Reservoir. Throw small flies and lures such as Joes flies, spinners and Kastmasters – move them as slowly as possible.
  • Community catfish. There have been four stockings of catfish in Community waters during the past month. See the top-5 baits to use  (and join the Fish AZ Blog discussion on what works best!) and check out the stocking the schedule.
  • Rainbow trout at Lynx Lake (Prescott). Water temperatures are perfect for trout at many mid- to –high elevation trout lakes. And there has been several reports of good rainbow trout fishing at Lynx Lake.  Winter stockings are rampant statewide – this week we are schedule to stock 13 waters. See the schedule. For real-time stocking updates, a great mapping app, and a year’s subscription to Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine, sign up for an I Support Wildlife membership.

Grab a license online, 24/7 (and help conserve all species of wildlife).

Upcoming free fishing events

Saturday — “Celebrating Community, Celebrating Diversity,”, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Cortez Park (Dunlap and 35th Ave.)

Free event includes fishing, crime prevention and safety resources, jump houses, live entertainment food trucks, health services, and more.

Read the full schedule.

Stocking report

Channel catfish
Wednesday, Oct. 19 — Surprise Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Pioneer Lake, Cortez Lake, Steele Indian School, Encanto Lake, Desert West Lake, Papago ponds, Desert Breeze Lake, Tempe Kiwanis Lake, Chaparral Lake, Water Ranch Lake, Red Mountain Lake, Riverview Lake, Tempe Town Lake, Lakeside Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Kennedy Lake, Silverbell Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Veterans Oasis Lake, Green Valley Lake #3.

Rainbow trout
Friday, Oct. 21 — Salt River, Tonto Creek. Thursday, Oct. 20 — Apache Lake,  Lynx Lake. Wednesday, Oct. 19 — Colorado River (Davis Dam), Salt River, Green Valley Lake #3. Tuesday, Oct. 18 — Saguaro Lake  Canyon Lake, Mingus Lake. Monday, Oct. 17 –– Francis Short Pond, Oak Creek, Lynx Lake, Big Lake (fingerlings). Thursday, Oct. 11 — Parker Canyon Lake.

See the full schedule.

Catch of the Week

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Mckyle, 12, with some lunker rainbow trout up to 20 inches caught at Show Low Lake 8 feet under a bobber.

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Apache Lake

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Wayne and Rachel B.: Here is a report for your AZGFD fishing report that I love receiving and reading each week. Hope you can use these photos and brief write up.

My wife and I camped for a few days last week (October 18 – 20th) and experienced some awesome catch and release sport on Apache Lake.

Fishing with sweet & fruity dough balls, we caught lots of Channel Cats and Common Carp.

We were also looking to catch some Buffalo carp but it wasn’t to be again this time out. Will try again in a few weeks…

Here are a few photos of the fish that came thick and fast during the 1st and last few hours of light each day.

The scenery all along the Apache Highway is nothing less than breath taking and we explored it to the full each day we were camped especially with night temps  now down to low 60s with highs hovering around 90 it was very comfortable…

Big Lake

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Kenneth K.:  Caught these beauties at Big Lake on Oct. 14.

Lynx Lake (Prescott)

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Michael W.: October 27, 2016. Incredible Day of Fishing! After 6 1/2 hours of fishing, when I check my fish counter, I had realized I had caught & released 146 beautiful rainbow and brown trout ranging from 8-16 inches… I was bank-fishing from the Southshore cove of lake… All fish caught on 1.5-inch crappie tubes.  I shared my lures and techniques with surrounding fisherman, so they too could enjoy an incredible fishing experience!

Black Canyon Lake road/parking lot closed through Saturday

The access road and parking areas at Black Canyon Lake closure to all vehicle traffic for a paving project has been extended through Saturday.  Pedestrian access to the lake’s shore is allowed, but parking is not allowed on the adjacent, maintained forest service roads.

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Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Days are getting shorter, air temperatures are cooling, and with the transition into fall, it can be a bit difficult to pinpoint the exact location of fish. In general, keep moving. Cover a lot of water, and try different areas of the water column and various bait presentations.

Or just go get some trout. Winter stockings have already begun for rainbows. We just stocked Davis Dam on the lower Colorado River (Senator McCain helped!). They’re coming to some of the prime Phoenix and Tucson-area lakes beginning the first week of November.

See the schedule.

Also, as we head into November, keep an eye on water temperatures in the high country. Each year, trout fishing picks up dramatically in the White Mountains when water temperatures are in the low-to-high 50s (depending on elevation). This is the ideal temperature range for trout and they will be actively trying to add weight before the onset of winter. Because there will be little difference between surface water temperature and water temperature in deep water, trout will be found at any depth.

Fishing in Arizona just got a boost with a big stocking of rainbow trout into the lower Colorado River at Davis Dam. These trout can be caught on a variety of lures and baits -- many anglers wait a week before heading to their favorite pocket on the river.
Fishing in Arizona just got a boost with a big stocking of rainbow trout into the lower Colorado River at Davis Dam. Senator John McCain, left, helped. These trout can be caught on a variety of lures and baits — many anglers wait a week before heading to their favorite pocket on the river.

By the way, let’s remember a reason that supporting conservation of all species of wildlife in Arizona is so crucial. The Arizona Game and Fish Department believes that future generations should have the same recreational opportunities, and the same abundance of memory-etching wildlife, that we do. We do not receive state tax dollars. So we rely on your participation, such as license sales and stuff like I Support Widlife memberships (includes real-time stocking updates and a great mapping app).

Then all you have to do is fish or engage in shooting sports or get out on a hunt — not a bad deal.

Grab a license online, 24/7 (and help conserve all species of wildlife).

Upcoming free fishing events

Saturday, Nov. 5 — Chandler Safety Days, 8 a.m. – noon. Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler.

AZ stocking report

Channel catfish

Friday, Oct. 14 — Friendship Park Pond, Bonsall Park, Roadrunner Lake, Eldorado Lake, Evelyn Hallman Pond, McQueen Pond, Discovery Park, Dave White Pond, Pacana Park, Redondo Lake, Fortuna Pond, Yuma West Wetlands Pond, Council Ave. Pond.

Rainbow trout

Tuesday, Oct. 4 — Salt River, Mingus Lake; Monday, Oct. 3 — Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek; Saturday, Oct. 1 — Silver Creek.

See the full schedule.

 

Black Canyon Lake road/parking lot closure extended

The access road and parking areas at Black Canyon Lake closure to all vehicle traffic for a paving project has been extended to Oct. 29.  Pedestrian access to the lake’s shore is allowed, but parking is not allowed on the adjacent, maintained forest service roads.

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